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log on to fox and >> i do what bill o'reilly tells me to. >> because the spin stops here. >> have a great day. bill it's nine increase new york city, we start with developments on the terror threat with security and possibly lives, with restrictions around the world, however, reports suggest that most of europe and many in the middle east either did not get the memo or decided to ignore it for now. good morning, everybody, that's where we start live in themark's newsroom, i'm bill hemmer, good morning to you, and patti ann, good morning to you. patti ann: good morning to you bill. u.s. airports have stepped up screening and the president later today about announce -- will announce security rules for u.s. travelers, but the question this hour, does any of that matter if airports in london, paris or zurich
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don't tighten their security? bin laden bill it's a question to jim carafano, he's here for answers, counterterrorism expert and homeland security expert. jim, welcome back to the program. does it matter if we're screening in new york but they don't give a darn in paris? >> you know, i'm scratching my head here. you know, a lot of the security measures are thrown out right after this incident. it's not really clear why we're doing this. you know, if these things are so efficacious, it was a good idea to screen people coming out of these countries, why weren't we doing that eight years ago? somebody has got to convince me that these measures aren't just a do something attempt on the part of the government to pretend they're proactive and quite honesty i'm sympathetic with the europeans in other countries that say wait a second, why are you asking us to do stuff that we're not sure makes sense. bill: but you know christmas day, flight out of amsterdam into detroit, they could have been blown out of the sky. >> the problem is, 99.9% of
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the problem has nothing to do with tsa, homeland security, nothing to do with the airlines, it was the fault of the intelligence community that they didn't flag that guy as a suspicious passenger. if they had done the screening they would have found that bomb in a patdown. we would have stopped him and all this talk about keeping more people secure would be for naught, a weighs of -- a waste of time. bill: we've identified these countries, we're going to strip-search people in the countries, well, none of them come out of the country, they come through the major hubs, they're smarter than that. they route people through the major hubs. here's the scary thing, the important thing, everything they needed for that attack, everything they could have done, they could have done that with a domestic agent for a domestic airport and all that overseas security wouldn't have happened. at the end of the day the thing that will make us safe is doing our job and identifying these people long before they get to the airport. bill: apparently some in europe agree with you and
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some in the middle east as well but apparently the dutch do not, they've got no problem with body scans, on monday they ordered 60 more. >> there's nothing wrong with the scanners, i think they're a great technology, they're useful in second screenings. people complain about well, you're seeing me naked. first of all you're not actually seeing you, you're seeing an image, the naughty bits and your face and everything are blurred out and it's a very good way in second screening to find if somebody has something hid on the body. and the alternative -- and the alternative is a patdown. i'm a fan for the second screening. bill: i understand the point you're making but the greater point is this, if we make demands of other countries in which we have good relations and they don't respond, how good is our security? there are hundreds -- here's the problem. >> they come to the u.s. every day. bill: here's the problem. we made lots of demands on the international aviation industry and by in large, everybody has stepped up and done what we've asked and the reason for that, we didn't have consultation with them, we did it over
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eight years, we have p & r personnel, passenger data, which is important for screening, we've got all kinds of new security proceedings put in place because we consulted with them, we were honest with them and we made the case that this was actually added security. what we've done out is in a shotgun, knee jerk action and said do this, there's no rationale, no explanation other than we look like idiots so we're going to do something. here's what's happening in lebanon, syria and libya, apparently, according to associated press and others, who were meeting international travelers over the next few days, there were no visible changes in screening. as for the european neighbors, germany, france and spain, they're still studying the ruse. i'll give you the last thought, then we've got to go, jim. >> again, i think it is a knee-jerk reaction on the part of this administration. i think it actually undermines our credibility when we ask people to do stuff without a good reason, other than we don't want to look stupid. bill: jim carafano, we'll
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continue this discussion and did it online. what do you think of the security? vote on fox, and on the link where it says you decide poll, that asks are you confident with president obama's terror-fighting ability, vote in that unscientific poll and check out the up to the minute results. also post a message on the fox forum online, fox patti ann. patti ann: the u.s. embassy in yemen reopened after an al-qaeda attack force thunderstorm to shut down over the weekend. local security forces were able to, quote, address a specific area of concern. yemeni forces killed the two al-qaeda fighters yesterday. those al-qaeda members are believed to be the source of the original threat to the embassy. the yemen-based al-qaeda group is the same one claiming to be the mastermind behind the failed christmas day attack on a u.s.-bound jetliner. in washington, a very pointed request on health care today that could create an awkward situation for the democrats. the congressional television
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service, c-span, has sent a letter to capitol hill leaders, asking for all important health care meetings to be open to coverage. that request comes as we hear reports that the final, final version of the health care bill may be crafted by top democrats behind closed doors, without public access or republican input. kelly wright is live from the white house with more. kelly, what specifically is c-span requesting in this letter to the president and to senate and house leaders? >> i'll get right to your point, i'm hold thank letter from c-span and they are basically challenging the president on what he talked about when he was then-senator barack obama campaigning. you'll recall he talked about a lot of transparency in terms of what would be taking place in congress, that it wouldn't be behind closed doors, and that's certainly what they're addressing here. they say president obama, senate and house leaders, many rank and file members and the nation's editorial pages have talked about the value of transparent discussions on reforming the
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nation's health care system. now that the process moves to the critical stage of reconciliation between the chambers, we respectfully request that you allow the public full access through television to legislation that will affect the lives of every single american. that letter being sent out today, by the way, while the president is here at the white house, meeting with members of his terrorism team, as well as his national security team. patti ann: so what are the current plans for the conference on the senate and house versions of this reform bill? >> currently there are reports out there that the house and the senate leaders may bypass the typical conference on merging these two bills, and by doing that, they would be able to avoid some of the procedural hurdles that they would be encountering by republicans and perhaps conservative democrats, but having said that, we also know that right now, that speaker of the house nancy pelosi is conducting meetings today with members of her committee in her private offices, by the way, the immediate yeah is not invited to that, as they
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confer on what to do about health care, and when the senate returns they will likely do the same thing. we also have it on good reports that speaker of the house nancy pelosi, as well as steny hoyer will be coming to the white house later today to meet with the president to discuss health care, so that is on his agenda. as i said, even in the midst of while he's discussing in terms of what's going on in terms of terrorism intelligence failures, he's having to deal with the aspects of health care and now c-span calling for full transparency to televise or report what's going on in conference or whatever they're doing behind closed doors to get a merger between the two versions of that bill. patti ann: kelly wright, live at the white house, thank you. bill: to las vegas, startling new details about the gunman that opened fire in a las vegas federal building on monday, killing a security guard and injuring a u.s. marshal. seven other security guards joined in gun battle with the suspect after the original attack. that was all caught on tape, that aspect of it.
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caught by a witness with a cell phone. watch this. >> unbelievable. bill: that was somebody on camera, saying unbelievable, that's exactly what it was, broad daylight, the fbi saying 66-year-old johnny lee wicks is the man who originally opened fire with a shotgun, the wounded u.s. marshal in the hospital this morning, again, we believe, but what about the gunman, what opened him, drove him to open fire? amy carabas with kbbu, she's live from las vegas before the sun comes up this morning. amy, what happened? >> you know, we're getting more information on to the possible motive as to what caused 66-year-old johnny lee wicks to enter the federal courthouse and begin shooting. some of the information we're getting is that he was
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allegedly very angry about reduction in his social security benefits. he actually filed a lawsuit. this was back in 2008, starting in california, again -- against the social security administration alleging he was denied bull -- full benefits because of his race. according to the court documents, he felt that discrimination had followed him from california to nevada and that is why they actually deducted his social security benefits. there have been reports that wicks' social security benefits were dropped in price for months but once he moved to nevada he was no longer eligible for that state supplement and his case was ultimately dismissed. that was september of last year. now, i looked at those court documents and here's -- and here's a quote in the documents. he says he doesn't try to hide the way he feels about black people, so he reduced my benefits, end quote. so you can see, he was very upset about that. as i said, ultimately the case was dismissed in september of last year and also a very interesting twist to the story, there was a fire at his apartment
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complex, right after 5:00 in the morning, and a lot of witnesses and neighbors there at his apartment basically said they saw him walking away, weighing a trench coat, and a lot of people thought that was very odd, because they felt if there's a fire in your apartment home, why would you not stay, why would you just walk away and leave. a lot of witnesses there said he was actually a very nice person, very polite, cordial, other people said he was filled with hatred, very prejudiced towards white people. these are allegations from people who knew him very close. the big question we're awaiting, is the federal courthouse going to open this morning. we're waiting for answers for that. i did walk over there and i i can tell you all the glass windows where you can actually see bullet holes through them, they've been replaced and a cleaning clue was -- crew was inside. there's going to be a press conference and we'll have more answers. bill: on the security guard, is he okay, is he going to be recovered? >> the security officer, he was killed, the u.s. marshal is in the hospital right now in serious but stable
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condition. so i think they're hoping for not a speedy recovery but definitely a recovery. bill: best to him and good clarification, too, thank you amy, appreciate that. live in las sleg ras -- las vegas this morning. patti ann: in yemen, we're hearing reports that thousands of additional security forces are joining an effort to hunt down al-qaeda cells there. we're back with that full story in two minutes.
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bill: fox's alert now, the
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reuters news agency is reporting that yemen is launching a widespread campaign to flush out al-qaeda in that country. now, thousands of security forces said to be dispatched throughout three province necessary yemen, that move coming after the u.s. and after britain promised to increase aid to yemen for counterterrorism efforts. by the way both countries have closed embassies for days but are now to be reopened. a retired navy commander, kirk lepould is with me, he was officer of the u.s.s. cole when an al-qaeda bomb killed 17 sailors at yemen's port of aden in 2000. currently he's the senior military fellow for military families united. sir, a pleasure to have you on today. good morning to you. we heard from yemen leadership that the threat of al-qaeda in that country was exaggerated. now we see some sort of assault or offensive underway. what's the truth about al-qaeda in yemen as we can explain it today? >> i think the president is
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very concerned. the reason we said that it was overblown or exaggerated is because it would give the appearance to his fellow countrymen that he was weak and infect nif being able to control the outlying region. the reality is president sala is not president of yemen, he's the president of the capitol of sana'a at best, most of the tribal leaders control the area outside of the capitol area and throughout most of the country and the reality of it is many tribal leaders are sympathetic and have given safe haven to al-qaeda to allow them to grow and continue to conduct operations. bill: i'm wondering here, how successful could an operation be against al-qaeda? >> well, that government out of the capitol city of sana'a is leading it. what are the prospects if there are two to 300 al-qaeda operatives in yemen? >> i would be very guarded. i think also just on the quick side note, i think two, to 300 is a vast underestimation of the number of people that are out there that actually support, work with and are
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conducting operations connected to al-qaeda. bill: you think that's low. >> absolutely yes. i think it's probably at least five times too low. i think that we just don't have a good handle throughout the countryside on the intelligence necessary to really be able to tell. but what you -- when you look at operations, the government says they're putting thousands of troops into the field, going into three of the tribal regions in an effort to try and root out al-qaeda. you also have to remember, this president has been trying to consolidate power within his own close-knit circle of family and allies so that he can ensure an effective transition of power in the future, and the reality of it, while those operations may target al-qaeda, they also have to look at him, gaining some leverage over the tribal leaders that are in in fact -- that are in fact harboring al-qaeda itself. it's a dual purpose. bill: it sounds like afghanistan, somali, some countries in the same region of the world. the reason we mentioned two to 300, that's what the
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yemen foreign minister told the bbc2 weeks ago and you're saying it could be several times more than that. but the reality about yemen is this, is that you have al-qaeda extremism, through the provinces i discussed, but yet, you have two ongoing battles with the shia in the north and separatists in the southern part of yemen, and the meantime, you've got saudi arabia, trying to pinch that country. i mean, there's a lot happening there. ultimately, how much can we influence? >> well, i think that we have the ability to influence. in some ways, the president is caught between the devil and deep blue sea because the reality of it, while he does not want to necessarily go after al-qaeda, because that means going after some of the tribal leaders who would help support its government and in fact could be a threat to him, by the same token, he wants to ensure he works with the united states. flash backwards real quick. in october of 2000 when we were hit, his government flat denied there was a problem. it wasn't until one months later in 9/11 that the government of yemen began to
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truly cooperate and over time that cooperation has gone downhill. we can see already that just by their very actions, the government of yemen is not a reliable or trustworthy partner in the war on terrorism. they have, in fact, let one of the coconspirators from the attack on cole escape and is essentially free in the capitol today, and yet we want to return detainees to them. it doesn't make sense. we can't afford to be doing that. by the same token, we as a country need to be looking at how can we best engage with yemen to help that central government expand, similar to what's in afghanistan, so that the people throughout the country can realize that they are effective, they can provide for them, that the tribal leaders need to get on board with it, that we're not taking away their power, we're merely trying to get them to work with the central government and president sala so that they can be an effective force in fighting al-qaeda, rooting it out, and not create a failed state in the country of yemen, right on saudi
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arabia's southern border. bill: you make great points, kirk lippold, thank you. patti ann: an heiress to one of the world's wealthiest families is dead, casey johnson, heiress to the johnson & johnson fortune, we're live in los angeles with details from the preliminary investigation. during the commercial break, go to fox, on the home page, scroll down to the features and faces section, click on the picture of kayy johnson to read more about the heiress.
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bill: a few interesting notes to pass along, you notice at the top of the hour our lead story was security at the airports, not just here but around the world. the transportation security administration, the tsa, has a website, it logged the following incidents over the
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past week, from sunday to this past sunday, so a period of # days, in which they found 28 passengers arrested after investigation of suspicious behavior or otherwise fraudulent travel documents. they found 12 firearms found at checkpoints across america's airports, 24 incidents involving a checkpoint closure, a terminal evacuation or a sterile area breach. that might have been related to what happened in newark, new jersey on sunday might, when hours -- well i guess the delays went on for hours at newark sunday night after somebody went down the wrong day -- way, and that person was checked out, and they screened all the passengers, which delayed the flights for hours sunday night, and four artfully conceived prohibited items found at checkpoints. that's what the tsa is logging over a seven-day period. wanted to pass that along to you, from the website, patti ann: high society heiress and among other
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things, casey johnson is dead, her body was found at her los angeles home yesterday but the celebrity website tmz reports that johnson may have been dead for several days. the 30-year-old was the daughter of new york jets owner woody johnson and the great granddaughter of the founder of johnson & johnson. bob decastro of fox affiliate kt tv joins nous front of the home of casey johnson. bob? >> good morning, patty ann. casey johnson's body was removed from the home behind me here on the west hollywood border in los angeles, removed yesterday afternoon. an autopsy now underway, conducted by the los angeles county coroner's office to determine the official cause of death. at this point the preliminary investigation indicates that she died of natural causes. no foul play suspected. but certainly, a big mystery, how did this very young 30-year-old woman die of natural causes. again, it's going to take
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about six weeks for the toxicology results to come back. so until then we won't know the exact cause of death. casey johnson probably not a household name to most people, but certainly in hollywood circles, among new york's elite, you may know her, she is again the daughter of new york jets owner woody johnson and also the great, great granddaughter of the founder of the johnson & johnson empire, robert wood johnson i, and she grew up mostly here in the hollywood area, her long-time friend was paris hilton, paris hilton, obviously devastated this morning, saying she sends her condolences to the family. but paris at one point invited casey johnson to be part of her reality show "the simple life". casey johnson turned that down and later casey would say it was one of the regrets she had. the report that is saying casey johnson's body
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perhaps may have been here in this case for days, tila tequila apparently told tmz she had tried to contact her for many days, tila tequila had been engaged to casey johnson a month ago, recently had an argument. the last time she heard from her was december 29th. apparently casey johnson's phone had been cut off, unable to contact her. there are reports that perhaps neighbors or even a housekeeper may have discovered her body inside this home. and again, firefighters coming to this house yesterday, around noon yesterday, finding her and pronouncing her dead here at this home, near west hollywood. patti ann? >> bob decastro, reporting live from in front of casey johnson's home. bill: what a sad and tragic twist that is. we're 27 minutes past the hour. it might be the ugliest budget story in america and it's getting very little attention, a $2 trillion pension shortfall, tough decisions have to be made
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and soon. stu varney on what's at stake in your state. >> you could
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patti ann: we're tracking a couple of developing stories this hour. first, new reports coming into "america's newsroom" about a massive new offensive against al-qaeda in yemen. reuters saying thousands of yemeni troops are now engageing in counterterrorism operations across three provinces. yemeni forces detaining at least five suspected al-qaeda members so far. bill: also on the terror front we're expecting president obama to make an announcement this afternoon about new security measures at airports in the country. the president, scheduled to meet with the heads of all the u.s. intel agency toss look at how a would-be bomber was able to board a northwest flight on christmas day, the security announcement expected right after that meeting. we are watching that quite closely. headlines coming up today. patti ann: new reports of a major financial crisis
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shaping up for state budgets, and it's not a pretty picture. there's word of a massive shortfall of, get this, $2 trillion, yes, trillion, with a t, creating a serious challenge for all 50 states on how to find this pension money. stu varney with fox business network joins us. stu, how serious is this crisis? >> it's very serious, you asked a good question, where do we get $3 trillion from? we have three options, one, you start immediately transferring billions of dollars at the state level to the state pension funds. that's almost impossible to do, because 36 of the 50 states are running at a decifit. they don't have the money. option number two, well, you could be imposed serious cuts in the pension payments, now and in the future. that's a big problem there. the municipal unions will not like that. a huge fight would erupt if you tried to do that. option number three, get a federal government bailout. that looks to be the most likely option going on here. you see patti ann, state
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workers receive extremely generous pensions. they are guaranteed a percentage of their pay over the course of their lifetime. they're guaranteed that money. we thought we're on the hook for 400, maybe $500 billion of unfunded pension liability. along comes oren cramer, the man who runs the new jersey pension fund, he says no, be more realistic, it's $2 trillion. we have made promises, patti ann, that we can't keep. patti ann: is there any way out of this? >> no. well, yeah, there's a way out of it. you could put more money into the pension funds, you can cut the benefits or get a federal government bailout, one of those three or a combination of those three has to take place. it's going to be extremely painful. patti ann: another bailout. oh, goody. all right. stu varney. bill: i think we've had enough, huh? how deep are your pockets, varney? the american taxpayer is going to have to dig very,
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very deep. come back and talk about california. ste you -- see you stu. the end of an era is in sight for nasa and what an era it has been, going back 29 years. there were only five more space shuttle missions scheduled for the -- before the entire fleet retires this coming fall. nasa's next major program will not be ready for launch until at least another five years, that's 2015, and until then, we will be looking to others, other countries, to catch a ride into space, including countries like russia. so what is in the crystal ball for the american space program? we are honored this morning to have the opportunity to go live to the international space station and join three assist nows who are with me now and this is a very, very cool thing. in the middle, commander jeffrey williams, on the right, t.j. cramer, on the left, flight engineer sochi naguchi. there's a three-second delay on this and this is wonderful to have this opportunity today.
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commander williams, you start. there are decisions expected -- expected soon about the future of the space program, there are considerations that would take astronauts back to the moon or the planet mars. would you like to see nasa pursue these missions to the moon, to mars, or both? i think i would like to see nasa pursue missions to both places. i think we have a lot left to do on the moon. we certainly will have a lot to do to mars. i'm not sure we're ready to get to mars any time soon. it's going to take several decades i think to develop the means to get there. but the moob is -- but the moon is within our reach. so i'm personally hopeful we'll go there first. bill: t.j. cramer, five shuttle launch missions remain. only five. what a storied history it has been so far. you flew to the space station recently with the help of the russians. should nasa rely on the nutions -- on the russians to ferry astronauts into
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space for the next five years at a minimum, do you believe? >> two things come immediately to mind. the first is safety and reliability, and the russians have got a great safety record with their very, very simple and straightforward system and capsule. i think it's a very viable product for us to use and to partner with. speaking of partners, the farther and farther we go, the more and more difficult it is for a single country to go farther and explore and i think the farther we go, it becomes incumbent upon all of us to do this as a team, as a comrade ship for all of the earth, and financially, for the governments to pull together makes a lot of sense. so yes, to answer your question, i think it's a very reasonable thing to do. bill: sochi, your recent arrival as well, there are political considerations on this, too. would you like to see nasa operate independently, or have we found ourselves reliant on other countries,
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including russia? >> yeah, i think at the international space station, it's a great example that a lot of countries can work together for a peaceful cause, and we're not just relying, we're just cooperating together, and the russian space vehicle is a fun ride and i had a chance to ride on a space shuttle five years ago. that was also an incredible ride. so we can just cooperate -- i mean just work together, and work on the vehicle coming up. so i think it's a great thing. bill: commander williams, is it time to retire the shuttle? because there are various opinions down here on planet earth, as you know, that are debating now the future for this program, whether or not you give it an extended leave or extended time to continue operating, or whether you put it on the shelf forever. and when you consider the 29-year history of this space shuttle program, the very craft in which you orbit now, the international
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space station, would not have been possible without the shuttle program. it built the international space station. do we retire it or extend its life to make sure nasa has independence and autonomy? >> well, ultimately that's up to the policymakers to make that decision. but when you look at the space shuttle, it is an incredible vehicle, and it has a great history. it's still state of the art to do what it's going to do. but if we're going to prointo something different, we only have limited resources, so -- proceed into something different we only have limited resources so we're going to have to retire the shuttle to have the resources to move the program beyond the space station. incidentally the space station was envisioned decades ago and the space shuttle was envisioned originally to put up a space station so it has accomplished its initial purpose, the initial purpose that people came up with the concept of decades ago, put
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up the space station, so it's probably in that sense appropriate to retire it at the completion of the space station program. bill: there are others that would debate you continue the program until you have something more reliable. i know it's been expensive, it's cost lives but that's the risk that astronauts take going back decades and i'm sure all three of you gentlemen understand that. t.j. cramer, you can new in space. is there something on this mission, i guess, that has surprised you, that you did not expect to anticipate? >> surprise, no. but i think it's better for me to say i've been awed beyond what i thought i would be awed. for instance, the actual living in space and the day-to-day self-care and the efficiency and doing what you need to do is a wonderful, wonderful experience to make sure you're as efficient as possible in order to get time so you can look out the window and when you look out the window, the vistas are beautiful, it's a borderless
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ball that you're looking at and it's absolutely inspiring to look down and say oh my gosh how inspiring it is. that's the awe that i was talking about. bill: that's remarkable. gentlemen, be safe, stay well. we really appreciate your time today and come on back safely sometime real soon. that's sochi naguchi, t.j. cramer and jeff williams on board the space station and gentlemen, thank you, appreciate it, happy new year to all of you. patti ann: a naval aircraft carrier and coast guard came to the rescue for one lucky boater adrift at sea for days in very nasty weather. we will talk to the team of rescuers who made it happen, coming right up. you don't want to miss this.
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bill: have you been outside? i mean, when's it going to let up, huh? this frigid weather blankets most of the nation. check out the map. in about every part of the country, realing from the extreme temperatures. it is winter, but we could use a break, right lindsey? >> it doesn't look like this cold weather is going anywhere, any time soon, folks in the south could get another round of snow in the coming days. janice lee is tracking the weather and will join us in the next hour on "america's newsroom" when we check in with j.d. by the way, she nailed it on new year's eve, she told us for the next three days, we would get a wintery mix. what did we get? a wintery mix.
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thank you janice, happy new year. paul paul -- patti ann: yesterday we told you about an amizing rescue at sea, the coast guard geag special assist from an aircraft carrier, the u.s.s. eisenhower in rescuing a sailor in dire straits, it happened in the dark with cold winds, sleet and snow, nearly 300 miles off the coast of north carolina. joining us now the serviceman who made the difference between life and death. we'll start with lieutenant commander mark driver, he's the pilot of the coast guard's c-130 rescue plane that dropped life rafts and later we will speak with the naval air crewmen who dove in and plucked the officer to safety, kyle mane, we'll be speaking to him in a moment. but first to mark, the coast guard originally planned to send its own chopper to rescue the man and the coast guard at first contacted the aircraft carrier to ask for a refuel of the coast guard chopper but it was determined that time was of
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the essence and that the eisenhower should send its own chopper instead since it was closer. how dire was the situation? >> the situation was very dire. we knew we were in for some rough weather when we took off from the station to the city, however, as we progressed to the scene, we encountered winds in excess of 150 miles an hour and the weather had turned out to be much worse than expected on the scene. patti ann: this man had been in this situation for three days, with his craft taking on water. at some point, while you were flying overhead in your coast guard c-130, you saw that in fact his boat was completely under water, he's floundering in the water, so you flew over and dropped two life rafts, but i understand he swam for an hour and couldn't get them? >> well, ma'am, when we first arrived, he was floundering -- the vessel was floundering, props were flawed, he could make little waves with the seas,
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however, as the conditions continued to deteriorate, we determined it was important to get rafts to the man in case the boat did sink, we weren't sure the boat would last until the helicopters arrived on scene, so we put the rafts upwind of the position with the thought if he did go to the water the rafts would drift to his location and as it turns out that's what happened. just as i ran out of fuel i dropped the rafts and the wind blew the rafts to the man and as he swam he found the rafts and was able to climb in. patti ann: but it took him from some accounts i've read about an hour to actually make it to the rafts, in these incredibly high seas and dramatic conditions. >> the timing was i'm sure long to that gentleman in those conditions. it may not have been quite that long but in any event he did spend some time in the water and it's pretty miraculous, when he did come up he was able to bump one of those rafts and turn it right side up. he righted the raft, climbed in and was able to wait for
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the h60 helicopter from eisenhower to hoist him up. patti ann: so in the meantime, back on the aircraft helicopter, a -- carrier a helicopter is dispatched, there's a navy rescue swimmer on that helicopter, they get close to the scene but they needed you in the c-130 to guide that naval chopper to the scene where the man was. it was blinding conditions, right? >> that's correct. some things really worked well for this gentleman. he wisely had an emergency locator beacon that got us into the position, however, we had to use electronics to triangulate his position. it took a combination of electronic signals and direction finding signals and the flares he had on his boat for us to find him and juns overhead we stayed there and were able to direct the h60 to his location. the weather was so bad, so find him in those location -- in that location was difficult and i applaud him
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for having the safety pieces of equipment on his boat. patti ann: dennis clemmons, the person at the heart of this story. thank you so much, mark driver and incredible congratulations for the teamwork involved in rescuing this man. now we want to bring in that rescue swimmer, petty officer second class kyle mead, who was dispatched from that aircraft carrier. you're a navy rescue swimmer, you were sent out on the chopper, flew 135 miles in this rough weather to reach dennis clemmons. what were the conditions like? we heard some of that already but tell us more. >> yes, ma'am. the conditions were pretty treacherous. winds were very high, seas, at 20, 30 feet, very cold water, and we were pretty much flying with not too much visibility and flying through a snowstorm, the actual helicopter was getting hit by ice chunks, and we were kind of -- we flew out very far to get there through pretty bad conditions. patti ann: 135 miles in that
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chopper through the incredible conditions to the scene. >> yes. patti ann: then you were dropped down. tell us what the rescue itself was like. >> the rescue, pretty much once i got in the water, i was lowered down by my crew chief, who was very skillful in getting me in the army as close as he possibly could in those conditions. within about 10 yards to the raft, once i got into the water, i swam up and mr. clemmons ches very, very compliant and got on the raft as quickly as possible, and from there, we were getting tugged around pretty hard, getting washed over by quite a few huge waves, and just kind of fighting to breathe in air, not just all water, and i got him strapped in, and from there, my excellent, excellent crew took over and got us back into the aircraft safely. patti ann: definitely sal utations to them as well, piloting this chopper through these conditions. kyle, has an aircraft carrier ever been involved in a rescue like this
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before? >> yes, ma'am. as a united states search and rescue team, and with the carrier's help, these type of situations don't happen too often, but when they do happen, the ship and us, the search and rescue teams, are always ready to do this type of mission. patti ann: wow, just an incredible story. mark driver and kyle mead, congratulations once again. we have spoken with dennis clemmons, he is doing well, he was transported back to land from that aircraft carrier and just an incredible story, bill. bill: got to get the guy on tv, right, fighting 30-foot waves? how do you survive that? patti ann: a miracle, really. bill: a job well done. want to know how long you've got to live? there is new science that will tell you how long your life span will last, next.
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patti ann: the trading day is getting underway on wall street, as investors await key economic data this morning. as you can see, the dow opening on the downside, but the dow and s&p both closed yesterday at 15-months highs. we'll see if that trend continues as the commerce department releases numbers on new factory orders. investors are also awaiting december sales numbers from u.s. automakers to help gauge consumer spending. bill: we were booming yesterday. you want to know how long you're going to live, right? it turns out there's an attachment inside some of the molecules inside your body that can do just that. a group of researchers are getting attention for their work on the project. fountain of youth? maybe not. but anita volgo is live in l.a. to tell us how many years you have on that calendar. what's a molecule, anita? good morning. >> good morning, bill. this group of researchers won the nobel prize for
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physiology in medicine so it's kind of a big deal. they discovered a kilomere. think of a chromosome and we have a graphic, the two tips of a chromosome has a molecule called a tilamere, they protect the chromososmes from being attacked and destroyed over the course of your life. think of them as shields. what the nobel winning researchers have found is that stress actually affects the length of your tilameres but the people are short tilameres can grow them back by reducing stress levels. listen. >> we see that some people do have tilamere lengthening and further we find that people who decrease in stress over the years are having tilamere loaning anything over that time, so it looks like we have control over the trajectory of our aging. >> to be clear, these researchers were looking at women with extremely high levels of stress in their
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lives, women who were carrying for terminally ill children, so they're hoping that stress reduction can help normal people, with normal levels of stress like you and me, bill. but we this -- but they are still looking into that. >> other researchers, what do they have to say about the findings? are they buying them or not? >> everybody is on board with this, bill. it's really hard to find anybody that disagrees with the idea that reducing stress is good for your life. in fact, here in los angeles, at ucla, they have a whole program of mindful awareness where they teach yoga and meditation and they say this can help with every aspect of your life, including improving the length of your life. bill: anita, thanks, interesting stuff, anita vogel, live in l.a. pat path i'm not sure i want to know. -- patti ann: really i'm not sure i want to know. let's take a live look at the white house. president obama, rounding up the nation's intel chief toss talk national security.
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at improving airline security. in this brand new hour of "america's newsroom" i'm. bill: bill: nice to see you. hope we don't give away too much sway. good morning, everybody. the president says down with the nation's and sell achieve over the failed bombing of a u.s. bound passenger jet on christmas day. ordering a full review of what he calls systemic and human failures that allowed a nigerian man to smuggle explosives on board. this hour we start with team coverage live at reagan national airport with house a jersey rules are already changing for passengers there. we will start with you this hour. talk about this meeting and the end result for air travel. what do we expect? >> well, bill, it is a two-stage process. let me catch up our viewers on what happened at the white house yesterday. the top homeland security and counterterrorism adviser was in the white house, john brennan.
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one of his top security advisers sat down, as well as the national security advisers went over all the latest intelligence. as well as what was happening in the country of origin, that is to say yemen, where the plot is working in tandem with the suspected but failed terrorist bomber. this was a prelude to today's meeting which will include 20 cabinet-level agencies, all the top intelligence chief, cabinet secretary general, also the fbi director would give an update. the attorney general, eric holder, we will give the president and acted on the prosecution of the suspect. homeland secretary will talk about new security measures to
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better screen the passengers to make sure those who are trying to carry out of a plot as the kind we saw foiled on christmas day don't kid on the plan in the first place. bill: how do you ride this line and split the hair between assuring the public you are doing everything you can or making it better than it was before and not tipping your hand to terrorists who want to cause harm? >> not easy. clearly what the president was to recommend, maybe not even recommend, order, is that the agencies involved with gathering intelligence, compiling no-fly lists, moving information back and forth as was the case on this christmas day attempt in which the father of the suspect came to an embassy, brought information. that did not get to the chain of command rapidly enough. it was not that the agencies were fighting with each other or ignoring each other's requests for information. there just wasn't the speed factor that needed to be involved. the president will emphasize today speed is of the essence.
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cooperate and move that information more rapidly. screen passengers better if we have any indications like there were on the foil christmas to plot. we knew there was a person involved. there was a past representation that secret explosives in clothing could be a part of a terrorist plot, as there was. or if there is something suspicious about the passenger, flying one way, using cash, having not a passport, but a visa, all those days need to be moved to the system more rapidly. the president was to make sure this situation is not replicated. bill: peggy thanks for that. patti ann: now to the nation's airport where every day air travelers are dealing with new and tighter security requirements before boarding planes. mike is live at reagan national airport in washington. what does this seem like there? >> the mood seems to be very
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businesslike. obviously one of the key airports serving our nation's capital region. the people we talked to seemed to be taking it all in stride recognizing that if they are traveling day may be facing a normal in terms of security. we have seen greater t s. a. personnel visibly wearing the uniforms out near the checkpoint. we have seen even some additional equipment at checkpoints here. so far the crowd seemed to be moving along, and the travelers years seem to be doing their best to take in stride. patti ann: mike, have we heard much from the airlines about how they feel about the new tighter security? >> specific airlines have not spoken up. some of the aviation groups that represent the airlines say they are in favor of a security. the recognize that a lot of people in these organizations are at risk. they are, in effect, on the front lines in these plans. they are on board with the idea of more security screening job is to prevent an attack similar to what we saw on christmas day. patti ann: a leading moslem group is p is not happy.
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what are they saying? >> the council of american islamic relations says they are not in favor of the security screening because they feel like it is inevitably the idea will be profiling of muslims. you are traveling to a predominantly muslim country they feel like muslims are going to end up getting more screening. and so they feel like if you're traveling to any of the countries on the list, most the muslim countries. they feel like it is unfair. this is the new normal. this is the reality of what to get somewhere safely you have to deal with stepped up safety measures. lot of people at the airport. patti ann: "thanks. and in our next break we will be having an interview with an official from c.a.r.e. states and tuned for that.
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bill: in the meantime from overseas a follow-up on this of a story in the eastern part of that country. this homocide bombers turned out to be a double-agent. he killed seven cia employees. a jordanian intelligence officer and himself after entering the cia's foward operating base camp. u.s. officials now say the bomber was a double agent working for al-qaeda, a jordanian doctor brought on base to provide intelligence. the cia is calling last wednesday's attack one of the most devastating in the agency's history. patti ann: well, before president obama took office he may recall he promised a transparent presidency vowing to post hearings and information online. now we are hearing reports that democratic house speaker nancy pelosi and senator harry reid are considering pressing the final health-care reform bill in meetings behind closed doors with no public scrutiny or republican input. now c-span, the congressional television service, has asked to be provided coverage had to be
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able to give the public coverage of all the democrats' final health-care negotiations. we have not yet seen any response to that request. bill: c-span wants to be heard, whether you wanted to not. patti ann: exactly. bill: last hour we talked about the financial crisis. $2 trillion shortfall of state pension funds. a closer look on screen at the most populous state in the country with one of the worst budget woes, the california. state lawmakers are looking for help to bridge an estimated $21 billion deficit. stuart varney. california is going to washington for help. >> correct. bill: are they going to get it? >> almost certainly there will. $21 billion counting. despite enormous cuts and furloughs last year california still cannot meet the cost of the services it is providing and wages it is paying those
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employees and pension promises. so politicians heading to d.c. they want cash. they don't want to call it a bailout no matter what you want to call it. they say they want cash to make up for these federal mandates that are imposed on all the states. mandates on the provisions of special education's come up putting illegals in prison. in california the medi-cal, the medicaid of california. they want at least seven and a half billion dollars real fast, having already received $8 billion in the stimulus program. that's what's happening. bill: the senate president of sacramento says it's not a bailout. we're not looking for a bailout. we are looking for an investment. the federal government investing in california. does california pay that money back? >> it is supposed to. if they rework the formula under which money is paid from washington to california for medi-cal offer special education, if the they rework to
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form up the money doesn't have to be paid back. if it is a straight bailout in the classic sense of the word coming here is the money, then yes, it does set to be paid back. bill: what about how other states are looking at this. well, california just a starts. >> many other states are in dire financial state. in particular new york, new jersey, even illinois. all in very, very bad shape. a very close look at what happens with california when they make transfer cash from washington. bill: is not getting much better is it. top with the new year may be we would see a little light. >> the story that the government books are a mess and getting worse. that is the truth. bill: thanks. collet follow for us. see you at 1:00. patti ann: after the attempted christmas day bombing of delta flight 253 calls without for tighter screening of passengers. now the leading islamic group in america is accusing the obama administration of profiling air travelers. they join us live with their ideas on improving security.
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bill: in the days after that until christmas day bombing attempt the obama administration ordered tighter screening for passengers from countries of interest. a leading group of muslim americans accusing the administration of profiling. director of government affairs for the council on american-islamic relations also known as c.a.i.r. how're you doing and good morning? >> thanks for having me on. . bill: what is the allegation? >> the concern is what you're going to end up with is profiling which the obama administration has said they oppose. the bush administration said they oppose. the international association of chiefs of police said they opposed. bill: so you points to two recent cases, one in arizona, one in the state of michigan where you think profiling occurred. to ahead and make your case and we'll talk about it. >> well, my case is very simple. the argument has been made very clearly that profiling does not work. it is a race of resources and is
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up relying on the human factor of, well, the stylers different. they're not right to pull me out of line. so it is ineffective. there are effective ways. behavior is the key strategy. look at this gentleman on christmas day. he was already on the watch list. he did not check any baggage. he had a number of other factors. bill: you raise a great point. would you objectives of if they paid for the ticket with cash? if they bought their ticket one-way? if they had very little luggage why not single that person out? it is based on what you of the to this behavior. >> i think that is exactly what i just said, and we are in agreement. if somebody is paying with cash, if somebody is buying a one-way ticket, not checking luggage, those are flags as something he should look at.
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let's use the example that if you are of middle-eastern descent and muslim, that should not be -- bill: just to be there, who is doing that? >> who is doing that? well, have numerous cases where we see people because of their headscarf or because of the way they look there was once a month because he had arabic writing on his t-shirt that was being pulled out of line. we know that they have a lot better things to do than worry about a person's ethnicity or their religion. bill: how to you know in the same line a person was pulled out there was a sunday else pulled out of line that this the same description that n that mae having this in his passport. >> because i think we get enough of these cases that it raises the concern and we are going to keep raising the concern with the administration. it's the same thing the african-american community has been saying for years talking about driving while black. the new phenomenon is flying while muslim.
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bill: to that point, and you can take it a step further, can you see a distinction between singling out a 25-year-old man and singling out an 85-year-old grandparent? because right now what the system is doing, the system is pulling them both out of line and checking them out. >> not necessarily, and i don't see the distinction. i think it is important to pull out anybody with the baby and 85 year old woman or 25 year old man. bill: i am seeing 85 year old people being pulled to the side and asking myself, is that the best use of our resources? do you think it is? >> we need to be vigilant. that is what is required that is what is required. my mother is pulled out of line because she has an instrument in her hip that sets off the detectors every time. i feel that is unfortunate, but again, if people are setting off red flags, particularly those behavioral things, they should be pulled out.
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a red flag is not somebody who looks. based on that when jesus christ returns we are not going to let him into the country. bill: that would be a major headline. that would be a ""fox news" alert. i think you and i can agree on that. you know what the terrorists are looking for, their looking for a chink in the armor. they're looking for a crack in the armor. so 75-year-old woman gets a p ass, maybe they go out and record at 75-year-old woman and tried to penetrate our system. >> you're making my argument for me. we are in full agreement. behaviorally, if you see someone standing in line on a hot day with a heavy coat this raises a question. bill: shame on us. >> yes. we are still in agreement. we are still an agreement. the problem comes in and what your saying is that just because you happen to have been born in a certain country you are now re security threat.
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let's go back and face it. timothy mcveigh, the man to carried out the oklahoma city bombing was born in the united states, a white american. no cause for profiling all americans after. bill: i didn't bring you on tv to disagree with you, by the way. i think it is well-documented. in the 30 seconds i have left you have mentioned behavior. i agree with you on that. what would you do to improve security in the airports in america? >> i think this call for a review is extremely important. this man was on a watch list. this man was denied a visa to britain. this man bought a one-way ticket. you need to look into why this system failed in his case and make improvements. adding things back that have already been shown to be useless such as racial profiling is not gone to help. bill: carey saylor, thanks. we will see again. patti ann: a breakthrough new approach to addressing our energy needs is heating up the job market. we are live on the job hunt in
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bill: well, here we go again. or maybe not. the secret service reports another gate crasher slipping into the white house state dinner back in november. the accused insists he wasn't there. we all know how the salahis got into the event without an invitation. the secret service has confirmed another person crashed the party by linking up with an official from the indian delegation. post finds a congressional source identified the biggest individual. that is carlos allen. allen repeatedly denies he was at the state dinner. he says over and over on the
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website so who is to know? we will recap and figure out once and for all whether he was there or not. once the cameras that come from that party. patti ann: exactly. bill: the next joe biden. we'll see. patti ann: "fox news" is on the job hunt. right now plenty are being generated by a renewed interest in shale. the type of fine grained rock that breaks up into layers. can be converted to produce oil or natural gas. the united states has the richest deposits of shale in the world. the technology is helping companies extract natural gas more easily than before. major players in the energy industry are beginning to jump on the shale bandwagon. james rosen is on the job hunt in pennsylvania. look at him. how's it going? >> it is going great. it is cold.
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it is beautiful. greetings to you, patti ann, from one of the epicenters of the new american gold rush. pennsylvania where 20-some continue companies have set up shop. halliburton among them. also home to what you see behind me, known as the fawlk rig. let's take a look at this. chief oil and gas company is drilling its fifth oil -- excuse me natural-gas well on one single drill pad. only in the last six years or so have energy companies develop the new combination. this involves drilling down a mile or two into shale formations of rock and using high-pressure blasts to loosen up the natural gas buried in that shale rock. they then extend a horizontal drilling about a half-mile east to west to extract their reservoirs of gas. boy, are their reservoirs. the united states is blanketed
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with shale formations. in the last decade shale has grown from less than 1% of u.s. energy production to 10%. the largest, fastest, richest shale formation is the marsalis, 95,000 square miles stretching from new york to tennessee and through this suddenly booming state of pennsylvania. i am telling you, it is a gold rush. towns left for dead are now seeing rural landowners pulldown recent contracts worth $5,500 an acre. 20% royalty fees on the gas extracted from their overgrown brush lands. a study by penn state university concludes shale exploration created 29,000 jobs in pennsylvania last year. another 98,000 expected in 2010. another study found 70,000 jobs were created in texas through exploration of that state's shale. but the boom is not without cost. environmental activist local to these parts to these photographs
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we're about show you of dead and dying trees seemingly contaminated . said they don't want to shut the shale boom down. >> drilling is done carefully. regulated. the state gets as much as they can out of the deposit and resources, and the citizens of this of any benefit. all of this benefit from the exploitation of this very valuable natural resource. >> as we go through the day here on "fox news," patti ann, are you some of the local companies, makers, engineers, drilling operations the kinds of sub contractors that are booming in business as a result of this show gold rush. known hardhat james rosen. "fox news" back to you. patti ann: that is a reputation. thanks so much for that.
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for more on the job hunt series ever to click on the link. there you will find up-to-the-minute information on all of our on the job hunt. bill: hardhat, indeed. concrete. nice job. we are getting the details about this homicide bomber that hit a military outposts in afghanistan. reports that an al-qaeda double agent is to bind. details on that as we get them. are you receiving a payout from a legal settlement
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bill: u.s. officials tell us the homicide bomber who penetrated a cia base in eastern afghanistan killing seven agency employees was a double agent working for al-qaeda. how was this terrorist able to pull this mission off? molly has been watching this story. she has more. would the cia have trusted this guy so much that he would not
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have not been searched before he entered this for base? >> he was a pretty good liar. he told his family that he was going to turkey to study when in reality was doing to afghanistan and eventually deceiving the cia. the cia believe this 36 year-old homicide bomber born in jordan and known as humam khalil abu-mulal al-balawi was going to lead them to top al-qaeda leaders. so then let him walk on to the cia base, the forward operating base without searching him. al-balawi had been in jordanian custody. the jordanians said they had flipped him and he was cooperating. and he apparently told his jordanian intelligence panel it that he had key urgent information on osama bin laden right hand man, ayman al-zawahiri. an egyptian doctor who may be running a lot of al-qaeda
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day-to-day operations. so maybe that made people thought it would be a good connection. clearly the cia believed he was on their side, wanted to cultivating as a source and let him not to that base. it turns out he was a double agent and reportedly decimated his bomb early on in his debriefing killing eight and wounding 67 so tragic. bill: wonder. certainly procedures will change from this point forward. of course only we have to learn a deadly lesson. what about the americans were killed in the attack? what more are we learning about them? >> four were cia officers. three were cia security guards. as a group they left behind eight children and one pregnant wife. the cia chief of that operation was a woman with three children, all said to be very young. the u.s. intelligence committee is bound to strike back at al-qaeda because of this attack. strike back at them anyway, but this attack especially. a senior intelligence official
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tells fox relentless efforts and aggressive successful counter-terrorism operations will avenge the attack. some very bad people will eventually have a very bad day. bill: you mentioned the jordanians. does this change our relationship with them in terms of intelligence? >> jordan has been a key intelligence ally providing information. including, rubber, as a former alpine and the iraq leader, jordanians helped us. this at homicide bombers handler was a jordanian. he is a relative of jordan's king abdallah the second. and was killed in the attack was the intermediary between al-balawi and the cia. jordan's king and other members of the royal ceremony attended the ceremony. the u.s. and jordan will probably continue to have a very close relationship. bill: our prayers are with the families.
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the horrific as it is. patti ann. patti ann: well, in the years after 9/11 the yorkers were told if you see something says something. all about reporting suspicious behavior, not racial profiling. former cia director now says it may have been the fear of racial profiling that has caused a recent intel break down, one of which allowed this nigerian man to smuggle explosives aboard the passenger jet. jamie smith is a former cia officer and ceo of the security firm sec international. thank you for watching us. >> thank you patti ann: former cia director came out with disturbing comments about why this was done sooner saying it is politics. he told robert the national review in the no-fly and recheck list has been a cause of the last four years. a bunch of people on the health. pressure on the system to be very, very conservative about promoting people from the
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recheck list of 500,000 to the no-fly list of three or 4,000. what about that? >> absolutely correct. the politically correct crowd has influenced the central intelligence agency and the intelligence treaty as a whole. there is possibly a place for political correctness may be in the social security department or maybe in the department of transportation, but it has no place to that degree in the intelligence community are in the defense department t because we are fighting a war against terrorism. the enemy is a terrorist. it is not anger-management challenged candidates for the catch and release program. we have got to chase the fact that we do with some very intelligent people. we have to engage and defeat them. we can't do that if our hands are always tied with the politically correct approach all the time. it just doesn't work on the battlefield. patti ann: also said the difference between the u.s. and
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israel is that israel is actually looking for terrorists. we aren't. do you agree? >> i do agree. you know, we don't see 80-year-old ladies from paducah boarding just jets trying to dee them over yemen. but we have got -- that doesn't mean we need to take profile them. we need to look at the population that travels, how the purchase, what bags did they carry, profiling and starts to focus in on the enemy and look for the enemy. what is, who is the enemy? we know. we know who the enemy is. granted there have been chechen, indonesian, terrorists of arab origin, irish terrorists that have attempted to attack aircraft.
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but we know generally the profile of those folks and we need to look for them through behavioral profiling, not racial or ethnic profiling. yeah, israel is doing it right. there are some things that we could learn. patti ann: president obama is meeting with 20 of the nation's intelligence chiefs. what would you like to see come out of that meeting? >> well, i would like to see the president say, look, guys, my apologies for the way that i conducted the last year with regard to the things have i asked not to do and the things i asked you to do. director panetta have resisted a lot of the policies. and there needs to be, the guys and girls at the agency don't need to worry about whether there are to get prosecuted for doing their job because their job requires them, legitimately it requires, espionage is breaking the law of every country on the planet. you are going out to do
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espionage you're breaking the law. there seems to be a fundamental misunderstanding with what the job of how espionage fits into things. diplomacy is a really going over and talking to potential adversary. espionage, the same time you have this denies that takes place that helps the diplomatic front. just another powerful tool of diplomacy. if your hamstring in the intelligence community diplomacy is hamstrung. you have to go to war, which we're doing right now did you have also hamstrung and hampered your ability to fight and defeat the enemy. that is what is happening with our system right now. there needs to be a re-evaluation of what the intelligence community is allowed to do and how they are allowed to do it. it seems like the current administration wants to do away with everything that had anything to do with the bush years, even things that were effective simply because it was
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the bush years. the facts are that some things were very effective, and we didn't have an attack on this nation of our since 9/11. patti ann: okay. jamie smith, we're going to have to leave it there. we will see what comes out of the meeting. jamie smith, former cia officer. thank you for joining us. bill: good discussion. seems to be in agreement about some of these changes. we will see later today from the white house. in the meantime a major earthquake ravaging homes in the pacific. solomon islands. u.s. geological survey, the magnitude 6.8 quake. it unleashed landslides and a tsunami wave up to 10 feet high. in the end some 200 homes destroyed in the island of rendova. more than 1,000 people homeless. population of only 3,600 people. patti ann: in northern china
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some 1400 people rescued from a passenger train buried by a massive snowstorm. take a look at these pictures. you can see the mountain of snow towering above the train cars. the snow dumped more than 6 feet near mongolia trapping the passengers for more than 30 hours with little food or water. china does not have a lot of snowplows on hand, some people were called out to help dig out and not just the train, the streets of beijing as well. it is the heaviest snow to hit china in some 60 years. bill: meantime back here at home, holy chill the temperatures. every got a chill on our hands. slamming most of the country. janice dean has been up all night. it is cold. >> it is cold, and it is going to remain cold. we have another arctic chill on the way. bill: wonderful. >> we could have winter arrival the 80 or even the 1970's. so take a look at those temperatures. chile.
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i can't see that far. i'm looking at the teleprompter. i see myself and the camera. bill: want me to help you? >> -7. look at what it is right now in atlanta, georgia. 22 degrees. in fact, with the cold air it feels like -15. -2 in kansas city. you get the drill. look at 8 in atlanta, georgia. a snowstorm that could bring some snow later on this week. look at the wind chill across portions of the upper portions of the great lakes. dangerously cold. chicago, st. louis, so that is the big story. very quiet across the radar picture. we are watching across all the great lakes. the next big weather maker as we head into the next couple of weeks. if we can take a quick look at for future cast, look at this storm on the move.
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you see some southern snow starting to take shape. this is the next big system we are watching. maybe some snow here for the northeast. bill: 36 degrees in tampa, florida. >> yes, very chilly. chilly mornings. yes. it is going to destroy some crops. bill: for months. >> the long-range forecast, january, february, march. bill: i'm a believer of what comes out of your mouth. you know why? because you respond honestly. >> i did not see wearing hat. bill: you predicted a wintery mess three days in advance. >> i wintery mess. bill: happy new year. bill: how much your child weighs at birth to have a major affect on his our development later and live. parents of premature babies may parents of premature babies may have cause for concern.
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>> hi, we will see you in just about 15 minutes for "happening now." when we do a big meeting coming up. the president meets with his top security people about airline security. >> we will take it to new hampshire to meet one guy who had one simple idea. it involves a school gym and some pretty cool speakers. we will show you coming up.
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patti ann: could low birthweight lead to emotional and behavioral trouble down the road? a new study by the university of iowa suggests premature babies are more vulnerable ball to problems in these areas later in life. the chief of maternal medicine, also managing editor of fox health dot com and a member of the health medical. we need to point out we are talking about very premature children born at 33 weeks or yes. just born a month early, they fair much better. >> of course. this study which came out is looking at the developmental delays when it comes to very premature infants. and we still have a problem in the u.s. because 15, depending on what market you look at, 15 percent, and percent of children born prematurely. we know for sure that p
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rematurity, whether you're talking about a 25-week, about a two pound baby versus a 30 week. as kids have a lot of challenges. motor delays, mental delays have moderate problems, that is a given. this study is looking at some of the psychological behavior's of teenagers. the problem with the study, we should not scare parents. a very small study. it was an observational study. parents and teachers filled out a questionnaire. does the child have hyperactivity? depression. the kind of said yes. statistically speaking had these problems. so it points to that contention that may be in the future we should also be looking at behavioral issues and some of these preemies which, by the way, with early intervention bees tend to go away because if you know that the child has
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delays in auditory problems or it has a little bit of a learning disability, that also has an effect on the psychological development of the teenager. so that if you intervene early on then you can overcome these problems. patti ann: 18% of these severely premature children have hyperactivity problems in the critical range, and 14% had these emotional problems, depression, anxiety, and what not. as you said, some of that might be related to low self-esteem because of some of there other problems. >> exactly. if you address those things in a prospective way. hopefully they will not develop. the important thing is to bring attention to this. parents of premature infants are very involved with their children. patti ann: i am one of them. >> you know how much energy. of course you worry all the time. eventually that evolves itself. i have delivered children. i saw a kid i delivered the
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other day. he was barely a pound. this young man came. he was beautiful. he was doing great in school. so always happy endings. the big question is how do we prevent premature delivery. that is where i think the scientific community is hoping on. the march of time, doing a fantastic job bring attention to parents out there how to prevent premature deliveries. patti ann: in some cases they just never know. there are certain cases in which you could take -- >> there are risk factors. many risk factors, smoking, infection, multi gestations, the stories you hear in the news. twins and triplets. patti ann: a lot to chew on. dr. manny alvarez. thanks as always. bill: interesting story. in a moment want a job, clear your criminal record? we are on the job hunt in only three minutes.
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bill: we are back on the job hunt this morning in florida where the competition is very tears. many people with arrest records trying to get those old records sealed or expunged. take a look at 2008 an estimated 14 million arrests. as of november 2009 17% of americans are unemployed or underemployed. the latest numbers available florida's unemployment rate, a 15% which is above the national average. how many people in florida are trying to get their criminal records expunged? it would be tough to get a job. >> taking the words right out of my mouth. here in florida at it is awfully hard to find a job.
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the unemployment rate in the state sits about 11.5% depending on the day or week you're looking at that stat. it is the worst in 35 years. that means that more people, more floridians than ever before in the past 35 years are right now trying to have their records sealed or expunged. that word expunged is important. that means that if you actually get to the process and you are approved a court appointee goes to a specific courthouse, goes down into the basement or down into the attic and actually finds that record and obliterate s it. that is the word that one attorney used. he actually destroys that record. in 2008 that is the last year these records were available, 14,000 people here in the state of florida had those criminal arrest records either sealed or expunged. that is really double it was a year before. think about this. just because, you may have been
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arrested, never convicted, but arrested, that record is still out there. here in the state of florida that arrest record is proving to be able to come back and haunt you years later. bill: i thought the law dictated whether or not that record is expensive or wiped clean you know, depending on the crime you commit or are accused of committing. so how easy is it to get the court record completely wiped out so it never shows up again? >> all right. that is what you get for thinking, number one. data mining companies are huge. every single day these companies their only job is to go to the internet. they have already been approved. they have accounts with all the local courthouses. anytime there is some sort of record that is filed in that specific court house and that specific county or city or hamlet, if you will, that record becomes permanent and those companies buy the information. now, here is the good question
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is asked. how is it ever expunged? it is not. that is how the internet has changed everything. you can have your record is by instead the courthouse. you pay an attorney. usually cost five or $600. that attorney can, indeed, if you are approved have that record expunged. but these data mining companies have it. also newspaper archives they have this stuff in their archives. very few of these states have any laws that force private companies to expunge this information from their own private servers. bill: the internet has changed a lot. thank you for that. florida has been hit hard. we know that. we all in the same boat, folks. more on the of the job hunt series at the search bar near the top of the page. you will find out up to the
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minute information on all of our job hunt reports. patti ann: well, 30 minutes away. the president is expected to sit down with those responsible for reviewing our airline security in the wake of the failed christmas day attack. secretary of state clinton, defense secretary gates, homeland security napotilano and others all in the ground. after the meeting the white house said the president will unveil new steps. would you can expect the next time you get to the airport coming up.
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